Owners will often ask the board of directors to help them resolve disputes with neighbors. The board is sometimes required to step in when any violation of rules or regulations have occurred. However, the board will usually try to avoid being involved, and will recommend those involved resolve the conflict among themselves.

A new rule adopted by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development made it mandatory for associations to resolve disputes if it involves any discriminatory conduct by owners/occupants.

Prohibited discriminatory acts, per the Fair Housing Act, involve negative treatment of others based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, which are often called protected classes. Any association that allows or engages in these acts is liable for its conduct.

Since associations can now be held responsible for the actions of third parties, they must be more willing to step in during disputes and take sides in arguments where discriminatory conduct is evident.

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